Faith and Spiritual Life

Faith and Spiritual Life

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Responding to COVID-19

All of our services have moved online (effective March 18, 2020). Please reach out to us, we are here to support students, staff and faculty during these uncertain and challenging times.

Chaplains on the Faith and Spiritual Life team are available to pray with people by phone or online. Group worship is also available online. Visit our events page to see our selection of online engagement opportunities or contact us for more information via

Note that in accordance with public health guidelines, the physical prayer spaces on campus are closed at this time.

Abdullah El-Asmar 


Imam Abdullah El-Asmar is a Montreal native born to Lebanese parents. Before moving to Kingston, he was very much involved in working with the Muslim community in Montreal, especially in teaching and working with the youth. In 2014 he accepted the position of Muslim Chaplain for the Kingston Region Penitentiaries and has been working in the prison system ever since. His duties involve leading prayers, counseling, teaching inmates about their faith and helping them reconnect with their Lord to change their lives for the better.

As a Muslim Chaplain at Queen’s University, his role will involve connecting with the various Muslim groups on campus and being a support for their presence and activities within the university. On an individual basis, he will lend a listening ear to student’s needs and issues to help them navigate student life within a religious context, and be a helping guide to their religious and spiritual flourishing.

Imam Abdullah is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Sciences with Al-Azhar University. He is also black belt martial artist and a certified Self-Defense instructor.

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